Tuesday, 5 May 2015

READ: #17, #18, #19, #20, #21, #22


The first of a great quartet and series of tales.  A childhood classic for me, although after rereading, I believe the whole quartet makes Earthsea the best, not just the first book as a standalone. Ged is a gifted young wizard who gets a tad too big for his boots. This is the story of him learning how to be humble.

I don't know what I expected, but it wasn't this. Extremely well written from an eight year olds perspective, it was interesting to hear about black segregation and how the majority of people felt it was unjust - especially the juxtaposition between the poor white families and the well reputed black families.

A little short ghost story that I didn't 'get' at the end of. Was it him? Did they come back? Who's eyes were they?! I liked the old writing style, despite being a short book it was super descriptive and set the scene beautifully.

Rest In Peace, Terry. I don't think I've read this before even though I bought it a decade ago. Really well worded, a great plot and quite action packed. A stupid power man mad accidentally releases a dragon into the city and a group of unlikely policemen step up to save the day. A genius example of Pratchetts work.

Similar to To Kill a Mockingbird, but newer and this time set in Finland and instead of blacks, it's foreigners. It reminded me of watching Michael Palin in Around the World in Eighty Days and returning to London after travelling around really hard-done to places, but being treated like a welcomed guest in literally every place he visited, and then being turned away by the first English person he met. Humanity comes into question. It makes you think about the last time you saw someone sat in a box at the side of the pavement. Where did they come from? Where are they going?

Another childhood classic and a ghost story. A nice, understandable one though thats clearly explained at the end. A great lunchtime read.

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